COCA’s Data Artist In Residence Program

Thanks to a generous grant from the Regional Arts Commission, data artist Jer Thorp is serving as COCA’s Data Artist in Residence through the summer of 2015. Jer and his team from The Office for Creative Research will help us understand the dynamics of arts education in St. Louis today – and demonstrate the power it has to open minds, change lives and contribute to one’s success in life.

Jer has made his mark on many important institutions and causes through his cutting-edge data visualization techniques, from the 9/11 Memorial to a look at the comprehensive history of 140 years of Popular Science. His work has helped people and corporations take control of the information that surrounds them, using data as a new way to tell stories. Jer is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Council on Design Innovation, was a 2013 National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and was recently the Data Artist in Residence at The New York Times.


Read press coverage at and ALIVE Magazine.

Neon Network

COCA’s new Neon Network for students ages 12 and up offers expanded multidisciplinary arts opportunities for teen artists. Sponsored by PNC Arts Alive, the Neon Network’s programming will be heavily influenced by its teen advisory council. Summer Teen Intensives will provide rigorous training for new and advanced young artists, and regional dance auditions with companies like Ailey School, the Atlanta Ballet and Joffrey Ballet will give teenagers expanded national opportunities.



To learn more, contact Kelly Ging at 314.561.4874 or by email.

The Loop Media Hub

COCA Executive Director Kelly Pollock is proud to be a founding board member for the Loop Media Hub, an a community organization that believes that providing access to high-speed internet fiber will create a culturally vibrant and economically thriving community. The Loop Media Hub’s research, education and economic development efforts include creative expression, entrepreneurship, healthcare, information technology, sociology, urban development, work force development, high-speed computing and networking.



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